Wow I am sorry for not posting for 2 weeks. I thought when I was done school I would have so much more time. Well I think I am busier then ever. I also been helping to get my sister blog up http://www.healthyhotties.blogspot.com/. Along with trying to get the business “Appreciating Health” off the ground and still working my full-time day job it’s hard to juggle. This morning it took me 3 hours to get into work and I hope that isn’t a sign of the rest of the winter.
I was sitting in my car “fretting and stewing” as my brother and husband would say, then I started thinking. What else do you have to do while sitting in traffic… well tomorrow I’m going to learn Spanish. So I was thinking this cannot be doing anything good for my adrenals and thyroid, my stress hormones or anything good over all. No matter how hard I tried this morning, I could not settle my mind down, I wanted to give the finger to all the drivers, cry, turn around and nap. Realizing none of this was going to get me to work any faster, I also considered moving back to Toronto...lol. Then finally I turned off the traffic report and turned on the tunes, ate my banana, had some Fairy Tonic http://thefairystonic.com/ and started to relax…somewhat!
When we start getting stressed it raises our cortisol levels which is fine once and a while but if we do it everyday all day then over time we wear out our adrenals then our thyroid. We really need our hormones to be in balance. SO how do we do that you may ask? We support our adrenal glands.
Adrenal glands are the triangular-shaped glands that sit on top of the kidneys. They are primarily responsible for releasing hormones in response to stress and emotional changes. They influence almost all body systems by secreting a different variety and quantity of hormones like cortisol and adrenaline. Certain nutrients can also help you keep the adrenal glands functioning normally. These include vitamin C, pantothenic acid (B5), vitamin B6, zinc and magnesium. These nutrients support adrenal function and the manufacture of adrenal hormones. While the best way to consume them is through food, if you need a little extra, then supplementation in addition to a well-rounded multi-vitamin should do the trick.
• Helps keep the immune system strong during times of stress • Helps with healing and reduces allergies • Good sources include parsley, broccoli, bell pepper, strawberries, oranges, lemon juice, papaya, cauliflower, kale, mustard greens, and Brussels sprouts
• Pantothenic acid is the most important stress fighter, and supports the adrenal glands • Good sources include mushrooms, cauliflower, broccoli, turnip greens, sunflower seeds, tomato, strawberries, yogurt, eggs, winter squash, collard greens, chard and corn.
Magnesium (Mg Gylcinate is a highly absorbable form) • Helps relax muscles of blood vessels and GI track • Help active macro-nutrient metabolism in cells • Needed to balance with calcium and relax the muscles • Increases energy production • Should help you relax at night to sleep • Good sources include Swiss chard and spinach, mustard greens, summer squash, broccoli, blackstrap molasses, halibut, turnip greens, pumpkin seeds and peppermint, cucumber, green beans, celery, kale and a variety of seeds, including sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, and flax seeds.
• Helps with healing • Needed in over 100 enzymes • Aids in carbohydrate and protein digestion • Boosts immune function • Good sources include calf’s liver, crimini mushrooms and spinach, sea vegetables, spinach, pumpkin seeds, yeast, beef, and lamb.
• Support a wide range of activities in your nervous system • Promote proper breakdown of sugars and starches • Help prevent homocysteine build-up in your blood • A natural diuretic • Good sources include bell peppers, turnip greens, and spinach
So when you are “fretting and stewing” grab a healthy salad and hang on for the ride!!